How To Get Your First Job And Build The Career You Want

How To Get Your First Job And Build The Career You Want

by Angela Middleton


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Over 100 tips and hints and a clear practical step by step guide to finding your first job and building on it to achieve an amazing career.

A step-by-step guide for 16-24-year-olds on how to choose the right career, get your first job, excel within that job and progress quickly. This book will give you the confidence and techniques to find the job of your dreams, regardless of your qualifications or background. Over 100 tips and hints in a clear practical step-by-step guide to finding your first job, building on it and achieving an amazing career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909623880
Publisher: Panoma Press Limited
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Angela founded and runs the award-winning recruitment and training consultancy MiddletonMurray which specialises in placing 16–24-year-olds in their first job. Founded in 2002 and winner of the prestigious Mayor’s Fund for London Awards – Employment for Young Londoners in the category ‘Pre-employment Training and Job Brokerage Provider of the Year’ in 2014, MiddletonMurray helps thousands of young people find their dream career every year. Angela sees the barriers that young people face first-hand, but passionately believes that no one needs to be unemployed and anyone can achieve their career ambitions if they are determined enough and are prepared to work hard.

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgement


Introduction and Foreword



Chapter 1 - The Landscape in the UK – It’s Never

Too Soon – There’s Never Been More Opportunity

Jobs are everywhere!

Published vacancies

The world of hidden vacancies

Timing – it’s never too soon or too late to start

Government incentives

Chapter 2 - Things Within Us That Help Us Succeed or Stop Us Succeeding – Be An Implementer!

The best qualified, most lucky and connected people don’t get the best jobs!

Yesterday has gone, learn from it but don’t go back there

Family and friends peer pressure

Self-awareness, self-management and time management

The importance of looking after yourself

Chapter 3 - Overcoming Personal Barriers

and Beliefs – Get Rid Of Objections

There are no jobs

The jobs on offer are not good enough for me/don’t pay enough

I have no experience

I don’t have the right/enough qualifications

I have no money

I have no connections

I’m just not good enough

Additional needs


Chapter 4 - Your Mission In Life, Your Life

Plan and How Your Career Fits Into That

How to produce your life plan

Your time line

Your tracker

Chapter 5 - Your Chosen Career Path – The Nicher The Better

Put yourself in a box – your niche

The importance of your story

The danger of job-hopping

Portfolio careers

Being unique

Chapter 6 - You’re Ready – The Marketing Plan

You are selling and the employer is buying

The Product and Packaging – the CV and letter

The Product and Packaging – your elevator pitch

The Product and Packaging – LinkedIn profile

The Product and Packaging – Facebook and Twitter

The Product and Packaging – your email address

The Product and Packaging – your phone number and voicemail

The Product and Packaging – your business cards

The Product and Packaging – your brand

The Product and Packaging – your appearance

The Product and Packaging – your voice

The Product and Packaging – your mannerisms

The Product and Packaging – your habits

The Product and Packaging – your knowledge of trends

The Product and Packaging – testimonials and sponsors/mentors

The Audience

The Audience - top businesses

The Audience - top people

The Audience – experts

The Audience – recruitment agencies

The Audience – colleagues and friends

The Audience – school/college/training provider

The Audience – industry events

How to Make Yourself Visible to The Audience – The Sales Process

The Touch Points in The Sales Process

The Sales Process – face-to-face at networking events

The Sales Process – e-shots

The Sales Process – letters

The Sales Process – phone calls

The Sales Process – job applications for specific jobs

The Sales Process – Twitter and LinkedIn approaches

The Sales Process – volunteering

The Sales Process – referrals from someone who already works there

The Sales Process – personal visits

Summary of the sales cycle

Consistency of the sales cycle

Daily timetable

Chapter 7 - Closing the Sale – The Interview

The role of the interviewer

Looking at things from their perspective

The interview itself and how to conduct it

Etiquette and behaviour

Questions to ask and passion

Assessment centres


At the end of the interview

Afterwards – follow-up

Chapter 8 - Even when you have a plan things won’t always go to plan – expect and prepare to handle this with Emotional Resilience

Give yourself a timetable and diarise it

Celebrating achievements – cards and ceremonial ticks!

Don’t let opportunities bypass you – keeping your eyes open

Stuff will get in the way – don’t let it! Doing the important and not urgent things

NEXT! You will never run out of leads to pursue so if someone says no, just move to the Next!

How long will it take though – I haven’t got months and months

Measure what works and do more of it


Setbacks and how to deal with them

Further training considerations

Keeping motivated

Other people’s annoying questions!

Always take learning points from failure

No might mean ‘not yet’

Rocket fuel

Chapter 9 - After the Job Offer – The First Few Weeks – Be Indispensable!

The employment contract

The probation period

The first days


Listening and note taking

Checking in with your manager

Keeping a diary and writing a report

The importance of managing your manager

Your finances

Your next job

If you don’t like this job

Chapter 10 - Some Guarantees, Timescales and How To Apply These Skills Elsewhere

My 100% guarantee


How this approach can improve other areas of your life

Pay it forwards


Chapter 11 - Purpose of your CV

Content of your CV

Length of your CV

Chapter 12 - Your Communication Methods

Covering letter

Cover letter template

Your email address

Your emails

Your voicemails

Business cards

Application forms

Chapter 13 - Your Online Presence

Be careful!


Your profile picture




Video (YouTube)

Chapter 14 - Interview questions for you to ask

Questions you might be asked


Apprenticeship case studies

About The Author

Customer Reviews